HARMONIC: compatible elements

Boy, this was a tough one.  If you were to take the time to look up the word harmonic in the dictionary (it doesn’t matter which one) you’d probably be overwhelmed by the scientific explanation of this phenomenon.   It has to do with the falling into place of elements of physics which are compatible.   But […]

ALLEGORY: a symbolic representation of a concept

An allegory is a visualization of an idea.   Does that sound complicated?  It’s not. Blind Justice, the statue shown in today’s illustration, is a perfect example of an allegorical symbol.  It is an artistic representation of a concept, that true justice is blind to such things as race, creed, place of origin, gender, economic status, […]

QUIETUDE: the state of being peaceful, tranquil, calm

I suppose different people have differing concepts of what constitutes the state of quietude. The classic understanding might be that which is depicted in this illustration: a hammock on beach at sunset, warm temperatures, no agenda, no cell phone.  But for someone else, quietude could well be a park bench in the middle of Central […]

WATERFIRE: a magnificent environmental art form in Providence

One of the more incredible advantages of living in Providence, Rhode Island , is the ability to participate in Waterfire throughout the warmer season of the year.  The best way to describe it is to quote from its webpage: This award-winning sculpture by Barnaby Evans installed on the three rivers of downtown Providence, has been […]

GIG: a one-time performance by a musician or other artist

I’ve heard musicians and others use the word gig over and over again.  Probably for decades. Now it is being used by anyone who has a one-time performance.  Our daughter, a caterer, uses the term regularly to describe being hired for a dinner or event. I’ve never known what the word gig meant.  Is it […]

EARBALLS: The number of people listening to a radio station or concert, or visiting an online music site (WordSpy.com)

It’s been kind of heavy for the past couple of days, so let’s take a look at something a little lighter. Like earballs, a word being introduced into our lexicon which is the aural equivalent of eyeballs. Eyeballs are the number of people who are watching something at any one time. Earballs,therefore, are the number […]